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Fast Five Review: A Lady in Paris (2012)


Review by Virginia

1. Did you like it?


2. Why/Why not?

The plot, directed by Ilmar Raag, is simple and engaging. Frida, played by Jeanne Moreau, is an aging Estonian grande dame living a privileged existence in Paris. The film is based around the life of the aging Frida and Anne (Laine Mägi) who moves from Tallinn to take up the challenging role of caring for Frida in Paris.

Frida projects bitterness towards her own lost youth and to all who try to help her, except a much younger ex-lover (Stephane). Frida’s contrary attitude increases when Anne, ‘Une Estonienne a Paris’, is employed by Stephane to care for her.

Anne is a great character and her life story is developed throughout the film.

3 “You would enjoy this film if…”

You enjoy understated charm and the wonderful backdrops of Paris. A real plus is the opportunity to listen to the French language spoken slowly.

4. “This film made me think…”

Of the honesty depicted by each character as the plot moved towards a predictable conclusion, but with unexpected twists.

5. Stars out of five?


Fast Five Review: Boyhood (2014)





Review by Virginia

1. Did you like it?

Yes, loved it.

2. Why/why not?

Filming over 12 years gives the viewer a unique opportunity to view transforming lives. Changing circumstances affected each family member in different ways and even though it is scripted it was fascinating to observe the varied reactions to each change. The daily pressure on the mother and the development of the natural father was interesting, including his patience with the children and each step father.

A different sequence was shot each year for the actors to age with their characters. I was thinking throughout the film about the risks taken by the film’s producers when casting for each role not knowing if each actor would continue to be available and how each actor would or would not grow into the role.

3. You would enjoy this movie if you…

Appreciate the value of understated dialogue.

4. The film made me think?

The love for the young adults from family and friends helped create balance even after they lived through a disrupted upbringing.

5. Stars out of five?